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This is such complete and utter bullshit. I haven't used half of these things in years, and guess what, I won't use them again for the next three either!!! Note to self: if you can go six months without some possession, maybe you didn't need to buy it in the first place. I'd throw all these things away if I didn't think it would be more effort to find a dumpster than to go to the UPS store.
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name dropping: Arab authors. please read

Should I meet any of the following authors at their booksignings at AUC:

Bahaa Taher
Hala El Badri
Salwa Bakr
Laila Abouzeid
Somaya Ramadan
Mourid Barghouti
Zahi Hawass
Gamal al-ghitani
buthaina al nasiri
edwar al-kharrat
haggag hassan oddoul
miral al-tahawy
ibrahim abdel meguid
mohammed el-bisatie
betool khedairi
alaa al aswany

The only one of them I've read anything by is Somaya Ramadan.
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Caliban or Ariel, dammit! Caliban or Ariel?

Uggggggg. I guess the biggest decision of any graduating senior is the following:

glutteny or save your money

glutteny or do a prestigious, paid internship

glutteny or make money at a boring job.

In other words, spend all your money traveling abroad, or save all your money and make more in a boring job or a prestigious funded internship???

This is my biggest choice.
Binge on money or be a "good girl."
Be a bad girl or a good girl.

The same is true of my relationship:
which is better, to be single and fuck everyone in sight, or to have a sexless relationship??
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Lately, what I've been thinking I'd love to do is go on birthright israel in the summer, then go solo (unless anyone wanted to go with me) to the balkans--Greece, Turkey, Romania's black sea coast, Serbia, and that area. I've wanted to for so long. Unless I get into the Putnum thing. It depends on where I end up next year, of course. It all depends on that. Can't plan until you know. I keep wanting to go to Greece and then not.

Balkan travel pass: 10 days of travel in 1 month is $200 second class.

But I've been to Europe so many times. Can't I go to another continent? Man. Who knows. Planning trips keeps me optimistic and hopeful.
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Its starting to really hit me: I will really be on a plane to Egypt in three weeks and 2 days from now.

I. Will. Be. In. Egypt.

This delights me, thrills me, appeases everything, and terrifies me.

In a way, I've been living a novicained existence. I haven't really felt much for anyone or anything since I left Prague. This is my chance to pick up where I left my emotions, my creativity, myself...
I'm not talking about dating. I'm talking about traveling.
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96 credits passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8 that I will pass this semester, possibly 11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
112 needed to graduate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That leaves me with (theoretically) 8 credits to pass next semester, if only it wasn't for this dumbass english major.
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EVERYONE VOTE for a spring break trip I should take in late march

Honalulu, Hawaii for $671 round trip

Berlin, Germany for $681 round trip

Tokyo for $842 round trip

Mardrid for $815

Guayaquil, Equador for $865

nothing, go on a more expensive vacation in late july or early august

Yes, that's right. I have now reached the point where I have made $1,000 this semester. And I think I will blow it all on some dumb vacation. Why? Because my sanity is worth about that much money to me.

Of course, on the other hand, the longer I wait before purchasing tickets, the more money I will have.
I actually have about $1,500 but a lot of that money is fronted money I should use to pay my rent... but then, if I wait longer to pay my rent, I'll have non-fronted money.
But, a lot of the vacations I'd REALLY want to DESPERATELY go on cost more than $1,000 plane fair.
Its kind of... I don't know. I ccould hold out.
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QUIZ: Which city I have been to should you go to?

1. Which of the following meals would you be most likely to eat?
a. regular dumplings with cabbage as an appetizer, followed by fried cheese sandwhich. *mmm calories*.
b. dumplings with potato in them
c. pita with hummos, roasted eggplant, and felafel
d. anchovies. yum yum fish.
e. a "traditional First Nations People" meal with lots of meat in it. Note quotation marks.

2. What would you like to do on vacation?
a. Mmmmm absinth. Let's get trashed and watch the sun set in old town square!
b. I am interested in the history of World War two, and would like to research it.
c. See ancient temples.
d. go to a lovely beach.
e. I want to see pretty nature and climb things and do other physical activities.

3. Who is coming with you on this trip?
a. my single friend, and we'd love to get some action!
b. a couple of my best friends
c. my wife, husband, or fiance, and I am in a heterosexual relationship.
d. My same-sex partner and we love to cuddle!
e. five of my best friends

4. How much do you plan to spend on this trip?
a. I have a tight student budget, but we're willing to splurge for a few cool touristy sites.
b. I'm almost broke, but I think I'll manage.
c. I am flat out broke right now, and I owe money to three of my friends.
d. I'm as rich as croeses, and I love to throw money around.
e. I describe myself as upper middle class... or my parents are

5. Which of these would faze you/ freak you out THE LEAST?
a. people insulting gypsys and other minority groups
b. a drunken man following you down several streets
c. 10 offers of marriage from total strangers every day, if you are a woman, and if you are a man, women being shy around you (and sex very very hard to obtain)
d. big hard rocks on a beach that poke into your ass and back
e. really odd looking topiaries looking creepy by the side of the road

6. In school, you study or want to study...
a) modern history and special education
b) Jewish studies, Christianity, and music
c) history of ancient civilizations, Islam, gender and women's studies, and Middle Eastern Studies
d) natural history, marine biology, and... wait, did you say study? Who would do that?
e) First Nations People history, foreign languages, environmental studies

7. How important is sex to you while traveling? (if you aren't single, pretend you are)
a) very important, and I WILL take the initiative to introduce myself to people
b) its not my top priority
c) it would be nice but I won't go flirting with anyone in a club or anything...and I'm definately not looking for any same-sex lovin!
d) I have learned three languages with the express purpose of attracting foreign men who do not speak a word of English. Mmmmmm sex.
e) I'd like it a lot, but I won't die without it.

8. Do you like to stand out when you travel? And how friendly should the "natives" be to you?
a) no, I love the wall! People generally should mind their own business and ignore me, especially in less touristy areas.
b) Its not terrible, but I still like the wall. Sometimes I like meeting new people, though.
c) I really like friendly people, and would love to make foreign friends.
d) I really like friendly foreign people... especially hot ones.
e) I like a place where everyone looks different from each other and where there is lots of diversity and it is appreciated.

9. What music do you like best of the following?
a) power metal, classical music, some rock, and musicals
b) liturgical music, and klezmer music
c) rai music, or other Arabic music
d) jazz or eurotrash
e) rock or pop

10. What is your favorite type of climate?
a) I love snow and cold weather.
b) I love snow and cold weather, but it might be nice to have a beach at the top of the country to run away too if things get too cold.
c) Bring on the heat, smog, and sunstroke.
d) I do like it hot (in more ways than one), but not too boiling.
e) mild summer, mild winter

11. Drinky drinky?
a) didn't you hear me say I wanted Absinth? And really good beer would be nice.
b) I won't say no if you're paying.
c) naaa... I'm not into that.
d) I would like to get plastered, preferably on fine wine.
e) I'm not sure. I'm not going on the trip to drink, but I might want some alchy.

12. Do you like the USA? Do you want a vacation in a place that is similar to it?
a) no, I'd like a place with more culture and better beer.
b) no, I'd like a place where the people are more religious, and the sites are more interesting.
c) no, take me far far away and give me culture shock like a heroin needle to the head.
d) well... are we talking san francisco here? If so, yah I guess.
e)Yes... but with more cultural diversity, and a prettier city.

If you got mostly As, you should go to Prague.
If you got mostly Bs, you should go to Poland.
If you got mostly Cs, you should go to Luxor, Egypt.
If you got mostly Ds, you should go to Nice, France.
If you got mostly Es, you should go to Vancouver, Canada.